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mighty confidence in him, because of his having beateu Qtho. This Cecinua marched out of Rome in great haste, and found Antonius about Cremona in Gall, which city is in the bor. ders of Italy ; but when he saw there that the enemy were numerous and in good order, he durst not fight them, and as he thought a retreat dangerous, so he began to thiok of betraying his army to Antonius. Accordingly he assembled the centurions and tribaues that were under his command, and persuaded them to go over to Antonius, and this by diminishing the reputation of Vitellius, and by exaggerating the power of Vespasian. He also told them, that " with the “ one there was no more than the bare nanje of dominion, « but with the other was the power of it. And that it was “ better for them to prevent necessity, and gain favour, and, hs while they were likely to be overcome in battle, to aroid " the danger beforehand, and go over to Antonius willingly; " that Vespasian was able of himself to subdue what had not 66 yet submitted, without their assistance, while Vitellius 4 could not preserve what he had already with it.”
3. Cecinoa said this, and much more to the same purpose, and persuaded them to comply with him, and both he and his army deserted ; but still the very same night the soldiers repented of what they had done, and a fear seized on them, lest perhaps Vitellius who sent them should get the beiter': and drawing their swords, they assaulted Cecinna iu order to kill him; and the thing had been done by them, if the tribunes had not fallen upco their knees, and besought them not to do it: so the soldiers did not kill him, but put him in bonds, as a traitor, and were about to send him to Vi. tellias. When [Antonius Primus heard of this, he raised up his men immediately, and made them put on their armour, and led them against those that had revolted; hereupon they put themselves in order of battle, and made a resistance for a while, but were soon beaten, and fled to Cremona; then did Primus take his horsemen, and cut off their entrance into the city, and encompassed and destroyed a great multitude of them before the city, and fell into the city together with the rest, and gave leave to his soldiers to plunder it. And here it was that many strangers who were merchants, as well as many of the people of that country perished, and among them Vitellius' whole army, being thirty thousand and two hundred, while Antonius lost no more of those that came with him from Mysia thap four thousand and five hun
dred: he then loosed Cecinna, and sent him to Vespasian, to tell him the good news. So he came, and was received by him, and covered the scandal of his treachery, by the unexpected honours he received from Vespasian.
4. And now, upon the news that Antonius was approaching, Sabinus took courage at Rome, and assembled those cohorts of soldiers that kept watch by night, and in the night-time seized upon the capitol ; and as the day came on, many men of character came over to him, with Domitian his brother's son, whose encouragement was of very great weight for the compassing the governnient. Now Vitellius was not much concerned at this Primus, but was very angry at those that had revolted with Sabinus, and thirsting, out of his own natual barbarity, after poble blood, he sent out that part of the army which came along with him to fight against the capitol, and many bold actions were done on this side, and on the side of those that held the temple. But at last the sol. diers that caine from Germany being too numerous for the others, got the hill into their possession, where Domitian, with many other of the priucipal Romans providentially escaped, while the rest of the multitude were entirely cut to pieces, and Sabinus himself was brought to Vitellius and then slain; the soldiers also plundered the temple of its ornaments, and set it on fire. But now, within a day's time, came Antonius, with his army, and were met by Vitellius and his army, and liaving had a battle in tliree several places, the last were all destroyed. Then did Vitellius come out of the palace, in liis cups, and satiated with an extravagant and luxurious meal, as in the last extremity, and being drawn along through
the multitude, and abused with all sorts of torments, bad bis head cut off in the midst of Rome, having retained the government * eight months and five days, and had ha lived
* The numbers in Josephus, chap. ix. 82, 9. for Galba 7 months 7 days, for Otho 3 months 2 days, and here for Vitellius 8 months 5 days, lo not agree with any Roman historians, who also disagree among themselves. And indeed Scaliger justly complains, as Dr. Isudson observes on chap. ix. 5 2 that ihis period is very confused and uncertain in the ancient authors. They were probably some of them contemporary together for some time ; one of the best evillences we have, I mean Ptolemy's Canon, omits them all, as if they did not altogether reign one whole year, nor had a single Thogh or New-year's day, (which then fell upon Aug. 6.) in their entire reigns. Dio also, who says, that Vitellius reigned a year within ten days does yet estimate all their reigns together at no more than one year, one month, and two days.
much longer, I cannot but think the empire would not have been sufficient for his lust. Of the other that were slain were numbered above fifty thousand. This battle was fought on the third day of the month Appelleus (Casleu ;] on the next day Mucianus came into the city with his army, and order. ed Antonius and his inen to leave off killing; for they were still searching the houses, and killed many of Vitellius' soldiers, and many of the populace, as supposing them to be of his party, preventing by their rage any accurate distinction between them and others. He then produced Domitian, and recommended him to the multitude, until his father should come bimself : so the people being now freed from their fears, made acclamation of joy for Vespasian, as for their emperor, and kept festival days for his confirmation, and for the destruction of Vitellius.
5. And now, as Vespasian was come to Alexandria, this good news came from Rome, and at the same time came embassies from all his own habitable carth, to congratulate him upon his advancement; and though this Alexandria was the greatest of all cities next to Rome, it proved too narrow to contain the multitude that then came to it. So upon this confirmation of Vespasians' entire goveroment, which was now settled, and upon the unexpected deliverance of the public affairs of the Romans from ruin, Vespasian turned his thoughts 'to what remained unsubdued in Judea. However, he himself made haste to go to Rome, as the winter was now almost over, and soon set the affairs of Alexandria in order, but sent his son Titus, with a select part of his army, to destroy Jerusalem. So Titus marched on foot as far as Nicopolis, which is distant twenty furlongs from Alexandria; there he put his army on board some long ships, and sailed upon the river along the Mendesian Nonus, as far as the city Thmuis; there he got out of the ships, and walked on foot, and lodged all night at a small city called Tanis. His second station was Heracleopolis, and his third Pelusium; he then refreshed his army at that place for two days, and on the third 'passed over the mouths of Nile at Pelusim, he then proceeded one station over the desert, and pitched his camp at the temple of the * Casian Jupiter, and on the next day at Ostracine. This station had no water, but the people of the country make use of water brought
• There are coins of this Casian Jupiter, still extant, as Spanheim here informs us.
from other places. After this he rested at Rhinocolura, and from thence he went to Raphia, which was his fourth station. This city is the beginning of Syria. For his fifth station he pitched his camp at Gaza; after which he came to Ascalon, and thence to Jamnia, and after that to Joppa, and from Joppa to Cæsarea, having taken a resolution to gather all his other forees together at that place.
BOOK V. CONTAINING THE INTERVAL OF NEAR SIX
[From the coming of Titus to besiege Jerusalem, to the great
extremity to which the Jews were reduced.]
Concerning the scditions at Jerusalem, and what terrible miseries
· afflicted the city by their means.
$ 1. When therefore Titus had marched over that desert which lies between Egypt and Syria, in the manner forementioned, he came to Cæsarea, having resolved to set his forces in order at that place, before he began the war. Nay, indeed, while he was assisting his father at Alexandria in settling that government which had been newly conferred upon them by God, it so happened, that the sedition at Jerusalem was revived, and parted into three factions, and that one faction fought against the other, which partition in such evil cases may be said to be a good thing, and the effect of divine justice. Now as to the attack the zealots made upon the people, and which I esteem the beginning of the city's destruction, it hath been already explained after an accurate manner; as also whence it arose, and to how great a mischief it was increased. But, for the present sedition, one should not mistake if he called it a sedition begotten by another sedition, and to be like a wild beast grown mad, which, for want of food from abroad, fell now upon eating its own flesh.
2. For Eleazar, the son of Simon, who made the first separation of the zealots from the people, and made them retire into the temple, appeared-very angry at John's insolent attempts, which he made every day upon the people ; for this man never left off murdering: but the truth was, that